With products that combine form and function, you’ll want to save this list for the next housewarming party, graduation or even wedding season.
Crate and Barrel: Oven to Table Serving Bowl Set
We liked this set for its classic simplicity and clever combination of form and function: The acacia stand (both figuratively and literally) elevates the 11-inch-wide bowl, which is dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe to 400 degrees ($29.95, crateandbarrel.com).
Berkley and Bean: First Home Ornament
This custom keepsake would also make a thoughtful housewarming gift. Choose from four recommended labels or write your own. You can also add multiple tags with each key. Order by Dec. 18 for Christmas arrival ($22-$46, etsy.com).
National Geographic: “My Town” Map Coasters
U.S. Geological Survey maps are the source for this set of four custom coasters, made of marble and backed with cork. They’ll show three square miles around the U.S. address of your choice. Allow one to two weeks for delivery ($49, shop.nationalgeographic.com).
MoMA: Fold-by-Number Cloth Napkins
For all of MoMA’s seriously impressive art, we were tickled by the playfulness of this six-napkin set. Each 20-inch napkin has built-in instructions for a different folding design ($42, store.moma.org).
Skeem Design: Poetry Fireplace Match Bottle
The 120 matches in this mantel-worthy bottle are silk-screened with a thought-provoking poem by Sean Kearney. Print the poem (which is on the product Web page) onto a gift card for full effect ($46, skeemshop.com).
Hay: Rainbow Tray
This iridescent stainless steel tray could add a bold touch to a desk, vanity or entryway drop zone, while providing a dedicated place for keys, jewelry or trinkets ($15-$20, nannieinez.com).
Kooduu: Synergy Pro
This multitasking party machine is a portable wireless speaker, an LED light and an ice bucket (or a planter). The two smaller sizes fit one wine bottle, and the largest fits two ($139-$249, amazon.com; also available locally at B8ta at Tysons Corner Center).
Corkcicle: Rifle Paper Co. Canteen
We’re big fans of Rifle Paper Co.’s stationery and decor, so we are all over this collaboration, which puts five Rifle Paper designs on a triple-insulated, 16-ounce stainless steel bottle ($34.95, corkcicle.com; also available in the District at Politics and Prose and Tabletop).
Floor 9: Stemless Wine Glasses With Metallic Brushstroke Designs
This gift-ready set elevates the usual wine glass by giving each a different color and gold brushstroke design (hand wash only). Pair it with your favorite bottle ($50, floor9living.com).
Framebridge: Gift Card
Let your recipient choose one of the many photos cluttering up their smartphone to be printed with a frame of their choice and delivered. Easy. Prices start at $39 for a 5-by-5 framed Instagram print (from $39, framebridge.com).
Modern Sprout: Eco Planter Grow Kit
We all know someone with green-thumbed aspirations. This passive hydroponic kit makes it easy, with a reusable canning jar and steel net pot, plus growing medium and seeds; choose from basil, parsley, mint and cilantro ($25, store.modsprout.com; also available in the District at Salt & Sundry and Urban Dwell).
The Foggy Dog: Waste Bag Holder
Finally, a gift for dog lovers that isn’t meant for dogs. Choose from dozens of prints to find the perfect waste bag holder for the dog owner, or owners, in your life ($24, thefoggydog.com).
Otherland: The Threesome Candles
Focused equally on scent and design, Otherland unveils new limited-edition candles every season, allowing you to curate your own collection. This gift set comes with your choice of matchbox message, such as “hot mama” or “bravo!” ($89, otherland.com).
Casper: The Dog Bed
While researching a story on the latest pet furniture, we came across this luxurious memory-foam bed, which hopefully will keep Fido from waking everyone up in the middle of the night ($125-$225, casper.com).
The Sill: Plants for Beginners Monthly Subscription
For all wannabe plant parents, online retailers are getting in on the trend with shippable, pre-potted plants. This three- or six-month subscription includes monthly “easy-care” plant babies ($120-$225, thesill.com).
Vinrella: Water Bottle Umbrella
An umbrella that won’t soak a purse? Yes, please. Thsese polyester and steel umbrellas come in lots of colors and designs. Just make sure you air-dry them eventually ($22, amazon.com).
Meli Wraps: Makana Variety Pack
Your eco-friendly friends will appreciate these reusable food wraps made with cotton, beeswax, tree resin and plant oils. They can stick to most surfaces and will last about a year ($24, meliwraps.com).
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